Spotlight on Local Projects

Here are a few of the Public and Private Permaculture projects that are in progress in the Spokane area.  We will highlight any project that may inspire and inform other neighbors that they can and should get started now.

 

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Sep

2015

Help Us 2Produce a Production of Produce and more!

Author: merlinuhl
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Dec

2014

Learn Foraging and Ancestral Skills with the Human Habitat Project

There are exiting ways to get involved in the Human Habitat Project this coming year!

I'm gearing the agenda toward providing a cutting edge bioregional education experience, through foraging, ancestral skills immersion, permaculture, resource stewardship, travel, exposure to congruent communities, and connecting with intriguing individuals. After all, my own desire to continually learn and explore was the impetus for the project. A satisfying education involves more than books and tests. The education we all want is an adventurous path to leading a rich life. The Human Habitat Project is about pursuing nature's 'good life'. This journey is made of intimate connections with life's great variety, finding lifelong friends and mentors, exploring the land, learning from the land's cultures, giving to the greater community, and finding your niche. The agenda linked outlines activities planned for the year, at the project site, and across the broader bioregion. If you'd like participate, or have ideas for integrating your own plans, please get in touch (practicalnaturalist@gmail.com).
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Nov

2014

2015 Inland Northwest Permaculture Design Course?

A message from Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski seeking advice from permaculture-inclined folks in Spokane County, Stevens County and surrounding counties.

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Apr

2014

Agroforestry Resource: growing trees for fuel, fodder, heat, building materials etc...

Obtaining multiple yields

Author: Annie M

Here is an excellent resource if you are interested in agroforestry to include in your permaculture food forest.

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Jan

2014

ON-LINE PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES

A List Compiled by Michael Pilarski

Skeeter has put together a list of some of the on-line Permaculture Design Courses out there. They certainly have their place. Take a real-life, face to face PDC if you can. Regardless, get your hands dirty. As Skeeter says "You cannot become skilled at permaculture by sitting in an armchair." Have a look.

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Nov

2014

Biochar Workshop Notes

from Sunday 11/23 at Polly Judd House, Spokane, WA

Author: Phil

About 20 folks attended. It was cold, sometimes windy. The sun poked out for brief periods, much appreciated. The fire helped.

Image:  Biochar Bokashi from Pacific Biochar, part of the workshop.

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21

Nov

2014

Biochar Workshop 11:00 AM Sun 11/23 Spokane

In support of Polly Judd Park Community Garden and Food Forest

Author: Phil

Friends of Polly Judd Park (1802 W 14th St, Spokane) are moving ahead to install a combination community garden and food forest. This biochar workshop is in support of that intent. Build a fire and they will come.

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21

Jul

2014

The Classic Texts Downloadable for your Agriculture Library

Wisdom from agricultural heroes

Author: Annie M

Per the website owner:

This website provides downloadable e-books about radical agriculture, natural hygiene/nature cure and self-sufficient homestead living. There are secondary collections involving social criticism and transformational psychology.

No payment is required.

The library explores the connection between agricultural methods and the health or illness of animals and humans. A study of these materials reveals how to prevent and heal disease and increase longevity, suggests how to live a more fulfilling life and reveals social forces working against that possibility.


 

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23

Jun

2014

Roundup Alternatives Testing

Permaculture Our Urban Design: Part 11

At our last Permaculture Meeting at Sean and Shannon's we discussed many things including weed control.  I found this Youtube video with a great test of several alternatives. 

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Apr

2014

New Law in Washington State Expands Farm Internship Pilot Program

Three-year pilot program to allow small farms in sixteen WA counties to take on interns, paid or unpaid.

A new law in Washington State, Establishing a Farm Internship Program (FIP), introduced as bill SB 5123 to the Washington State legislature in 2013, was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on March 28, 2014.The law, which by all practical matters extends and expands a pilot program that had been in existence in Skagit and San Juan counties during 2010 and 2011, sets up a new, three-year pilot program to allow small farms in sixteen WA counties to take on interns, paid or unpaid. These interns will perform farm work, benefit from a structured educational program approved by the Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries and administered by the farmer and receive Workers' Compensation coverage with premiums paid by the farm.
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Dec

2013

Food Forest Design and Care for Cities and Suburbs

with Toby Hemenway

Food forests, or edible forest gardens, are life-filled places that not only provide food for people, but habitat for wildlife, carbon sequestering, biodiversity, natural soil building, beauty and tranquility, and a host of other benefits. This workshop covers the basics of designing, planting, and maintaining a many-layered woodland garden of fruit and nut trees, perennial and annual vegetables, and flowers. In this class Toby gives you both the theory behind food forests and a wealth of practical information, including which plants to use, where to start, and what to expect as your food forest grows.
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Sep

2013

Schedule of Workshops and Events at INW Permaculture Convergence

Sept. 13 - 15. www.inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com

Below is the schedule or workshops, roundtables, and film festival. It will also be on the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild website.
 
The INPC is a unique opportunity for all of us who dream of a more sustainable and resilient future to come together from diverse backgrounds and habitats to share, explore and practice strategies to build the capacity and interconnection of our initiatives and to further empower our common visions becoming a reality.
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Aug

2013

How to Grow a Medicinal Food Forest

An On-Line Course presented by Michael (Skeeter) Pilarski

Course Overview

Anyone with a patch of land can grow a food forest! A food forest, or forest garden, is a gardening technique that mimics a forest ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. A medicinal food forest has the additional benefit of producing medicinal botanicals. Fruit and nut trees comprise the upper canopy of the forest while below are berry shrubs, edible perennials, herbs, root crops and annuals. Companion plants are included to attract beneficial insects, build the soil, and provide mulch. Together they create a sustainable forest garden ecosystem able to produce high yields of food with less maintenance.

In this course Michael Pilarski, permaculture and wildcrafting expert, teaches you how to turn your back yard into a food forest. Filmed on site in Michael’s back yard, this is not a classroom-based course. Michael teaches the basics of food forest planting while planting his own medicinal food forest on 1/8 of an acre. Does an 1/8 of an acre sound big to you? Don’t worry! In this course Michael talks about how to scale what you’re learning to your own back yard or land.

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Aug

2013

Nourish the Terrain with Real Food

By Stanley A. Fishman, author of Tender Grassfed Meat and Tender Grassfed Barbecue

Author: Torie Foote

A must read that brings together the role of real food versus medicine in healing the body! This covers the debate between two nineteenth century French researchers one of which ended up creating the core belief of the modern medical system.

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Jul

2013

Three New Videos Featuring Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

No. 1: Why Permaculture? No. 2: On the 2013 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. No. 3: On the August 3 - 18 Permaculture Design Course Michael is teaching in Tonasket, WA.

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14

Jun

2013

6 Core Permaculture Techniques - Producing Food Sustainably and Naturally

by Jack Spirko of SurvivalPodcast

Published on Apr 29, 2013

This is a very good 2 hour video on the essentials of Permaculture.   No fluff here.  Good explanations on:

6 Core Permaculture Techniques

Forest Gardening / Food Forest Establishment
Creating and Using Seed Mixtures
Lawn to Pasture Conversion
Zone Planning and Implementation
Mob Grazing / Small Livestock Paddock Shift Systems
Developing Regionally Adapted Seed Strains
Contour Based Wood Core Beds

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Apr

2013

Perennial Paradise

What If We Change video with Geoff Lawton

All around the world people are asking what they can do to help to heal the earth. The permaculture movement is showing what individuals can do to bring health and happiness into their lives and at the same time restore the Earth’s natural ecosystem function. In “Perennial Paradise” Geoff Lawton shows some of the many simple but practical work being used and taught at the Permaculture Research Institute’s Zaytuna Farm in Australia.

“What if we Change” is very happy that through this collaboration with the Permaculture Research Institute we can share this film on the website and in the broadcast series in Africa, China, the U.S.A. and beyond.

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14

Apr

2013

Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Ecosystem Restoration Projects all over the World (with Geoff Lawton)

Published on Jul 19, 2012

"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally."

More information:
http://eempc.org/
What If We Change social media project:
http://www.whatifwechange.org

Great 47 minute introduction to major (Permaculture-ish) ecosystem restoration projects all over the world.  Towards the end there is conversation between John Liu and Geoff Lawton. 

 

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Apr

2013

Website

nature climate change

Author: Redurth
Interesting new to me source I'm sharing...
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Mar

2013

Redesigning Civilization – with Permaculture

by Toby Hemenway March 8, 2013

Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess and what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Toby’s popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and The Planet, but not Civilization."
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